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21st October 2019 – a collaborative in-service day

In the spirit of collaboration the five local authorities within the South East Improvement Collaborative have agreed a common inset day on Monday 21st October 2019.

We are delighted to provide you with a menu of available opportunities. These will help to develop an increasing awareness of possibilities which the South East Improvement Collaborative can provide.

Whether it is attending an event or taking part in whole school, cluster or local authority collaboration, all practitioners should be involved in some form of high-quality collaborative activity. We realise that it is impossible for absolutely every practitioner in the South East area to be involved on the inset day so we have tried to give a variety of ways in
which people can be involved.

Read all about the opportunities available to you here.

SEIC newsletter: May 2019

Welcome to the latest update from the South East Improvement Collaborative. Our work continues to expand with the aim of both adding value and creating the conditions for collaboration across the five local Authorities in the South East area of Scotland: City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

Since January this year much has been done to develop the workstreams identified in the Phase 2 Plan for the SEIC and to create networks of professionals to take forward the priorities clearly set out for improvement which will complement the work of the local authorities. Gradually over this period links have been established in each area to help facilitate clear and transparent communication to aid development.

A number of events aimed at connecting practitioners and leaders have successfully been run in the initial stage of ensuring that the work of the collaborative reaches those working in schools and early years settings. In response to workstreams and networks are emerging to support the priorities and to achieve the two main aims of :
1. Improving our attainment and achievement, including closing the attainment gap;
2. Improving quality in our schools and early years’ settings.

Download the full newsletter here: SEIC newsletter May 2019


Help us show the magic of learning together

We’re bringing together education practitioners across five local authorities for a creative, collaborative and engaging workshop session. The session will live and breathe the purpose of the collaborative and support the desire to build a community of practitioners across our region.

The day will be inspiring, positive and energising structured around creating content that promotes the power of collaboration in our profession delivered through a poem. Activities will guide us through the process and no doubt we’ll have some fun on the way. Our journey and process will be as important as the output.

We’re looking forward to your input and support – this workshop is nothing without you and your expertise.

Interested in being involved? We’d need you to be up for:

  • Taking part in a creative workshop on Friday 29th March 2019 (full day) at a central Edinburgh venue
  • Being filmed as part of the process and featuring in a short film for the SEIC that will be used publicly to promote the work of the Collaborative

Budget is available to schools for supply cover to assist teachers with spending a day outside their classroom.

Up for the challenge? Click here to express your interest!


SEIC Secondary Headteacher Conference – Friday 8th March 2019

Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh

The conference will bring together all Secondary Heads in the SEIC for the first time and will include

  •  an outline of the current SEIC plan with a keynote around Collaboration,
  • a chance to explore 2 of your choice from the 6 main workstreams which were identified by HTs in School Improvement Plans across the SEIC
  •  Maths and Numeracy,
  • Equity: Improve the outcomes for children living in poverty: Parental Involvement and Engagement
  • Leadership and Professional Learning
  • Quality Improvement
  • Data and Analysis
  • Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
  • An exploration of Quality Improvement
  • A chance to meet, discuss and share ideas
  •  A chance to help give your views and shape the way collaboration across the SEIC develops.

A more detailed programme will follow. Please confirm your attendance by Friday 1st March 2019  by emailing


South East Improvement Collaborative team update: Feb 2019

We are gradually building South East Improvement Collaborative team presence within Local Authorities, and have the following people in post:

  • Iain Hughes Quality Improvement Manager, hosted by Fife Council
  • Lorna Robertson, Quality Improvement Officer, hosted by Fife Council
  • Caroline Falconer, Quality Improvement Officer, hosted by East Lothian Council
  • Christine Rednall, Education Support Officer, Leadership & Professional Learning, hosted by Midlothian Council

Two more Quality Improvement Officers were recently appointed, and we look forward to welcoming them soon:

  • Jonathan Revell, Quality Improvement Officer, to be hosted by Midlothian Council
  • Michelle McLean, Quality Improvement Officer, to be hosted by City of Edinburgh Council

It was good to welcome Iain Hughes, recently appointed SEIC Quality Improvement Manager, to the Head Teachers’ LLC last Thursday at Newbattle High School.

The South East Improvement Collaborative has six workstreams: Emotional Wellbeing, Maths and Numeracy, Equity, Leadership & Professional Learning, Quality Improvement as well as Data & Analysis.

We are looking forward to the Equity Conference 5th March 2019, in Murrayfield, Edinburgh, aimed at teacher practitioners and run by teacher practitioners.  This is aimed at developing teacher knowledge and capacity to close the poverty related attainment gap through using practitioner enquiry, improvement methodologies and interventions.

A Secondary Conference is planned for 8th March 2019, and more information will be available soon.

Please watch out for further news and developments through our website ( or in the Education Bulletin.

To find out more please contact Christine Rednall by email on


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